TOOLKIT

The Future Forward Colorado Employer Toolkit

 

Download: FF Toolkit

– Full document: PDF or DOC
 – The Business Case for the Colorado Academic Standards: PDF or DOC
– FAQ’s about the New, Higher Expectations (one page): PDF or DOC
– Extended FAQ’s about the New, Higher Expectations: PDF or DOC
– Real World Skills in the Colorado Academic Standards: PDF or DOC
– Template for a Letter to the Editor: PDF or DOC
– Template for a Company Newsletter Submission: PDF or DOC

 

More Resources

The following resources provide both additional information about the Colorado Academic Standards and the Common Core State Standards and tools to help advocate for higher expectations.
THE COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
The state department provides a plethora of resources on the Colorado Academic Standards, including:
COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS INITIATIVE HOMEPAGE
The homepage of the Common Core initiative allows users to see the standards for themselves. An exhaustive list of FAQs is an excellent place to go to get your questions about Common Core answered.
US CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
This resource offers users easy to follow video explanations of the Common Core, a wealth of written information, and resources to use while advocating for the Common Core.
Click here for the US Chamber’s letter of support for the standards.
BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE
This single document lays out a case for the Common Core.
Read this op-ed from the leaders of the US Chamber and the Business Roundtable: “Common Core brings benefits to both education and our economy”
Click here for a letter from the BRT president to the Republican National Committee about support for the standards.
HIGHER STATE STANDARDS PROJECT
Supported by the US Chamber of Commerce and the Business Roundtable, this website is a one-stop shop for national Common Core resources.
NATIONAL GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION
This NGA site compares implementation of the Common Core across states and makes recommendations for leaders.
THE THOMAS B. FORDHAM INSTITUTE 
Fordham compares standards from across the country.
FOUNDATION FOR EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION
The Foundation provides information about Common Core,  including a side-by-side comparison between old and new standards.
  – Click here for a comparison of the past Colorado standards and the new Common Core aligned Math standards
  – Click here for a comparison of the past Colorado standards and the new Common Core aligned English Language Arts standards
ALLIANCE FOR EXCELLENT EDUCATION ACHIEVE THE CORE
Free shared resources to help teachers implement the Common Core.
COUNCIL OF GREAT CITY SCHOOLS
Parent fact sheets to help parents understand what students at various grades are expected to learn under the Common Core.
CHANGE THE EQUATION
GE FOUNDATION
NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE

Resources for parents in support of high expectations.

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